23 months

We’ve been very bad about recording the neat things Tristan’s been doing. Bad us!

* Tristan waves “Hi!” now. It’s still an emerging skill. He started it last week after some practice in the mirror and he’s done it at least once per day since. But YAY! Tristan’s waving!

* The alphabet obsession has been really fun. He still gets quite a kick out of phonics. Also, the label for letters and numbers seems to be changing again. Sometimes he still exclaims “H!” but this week it’s been “L” – which is quite an interesting sound considering his age and general vocalizing ability. Numbers seem to all be “8” lately. But he’s babbled such lovely letter combinations as “AOL” and “LOL” and probably “HELL.”

* Over this past week, Tristan’s been rather interested in and focused on his “educational” videos. He really finds the Baby Einstein puppet skits to be amusing and he really enjoys seeing the word demonstrations. But he actually wants to watch a few of the videos in a row now, and this sort of frees me up to.. do stuff around the house a little bit. Just a little bit. 🙂

* We’ve successfully restructured his sleep schedule so that his nap is only 2 hours long, but it’s likely that this will require further restructuring. He’s going down for a nap at 5pm and starting to protest even that.. but there’s not much further time in the day for a nap! Ideally, he’d be napping from 1-2pm or something, but that’s unlikely with a) the way he protests sleep unless he’s incapacitated and b) the quite booked therapy schedule that would require a lot of work to restructure. Anyway, it’s likely that we’ll need to schedule a lack of nap instead of an appropriate nap. Unless we build the nap out and then need to build one back in.. blah. 🙂

* I’m not sure how many words Tristan has, but he’s starting to imitate some words now! He’ll try to say the word “wave” and “oval” and countless others that he now recognizes. Language! Wheeee!

* We’ve switched to a large quantity of stroller rides for both transportation and time-killing. The sling isn’t the most practical mode of baby transport anymore, although it’s still both very useful and very snuggly. Thankfully, Tristan’s stroller behavior has improved to the point where I can even.. (whispers) leave.. the.. stroller.. still.. for JUST a moment (back in normal voice) without risking him trying to overturn the stroller.

* And we have a party to plan for someone’s second birthday, and his dad’s 30th!

End of an era!

Tristan pooped in the bath today. It was the very first time. I was hoping he’d make it to age 2 without pooping in the bath, but today was that day. It’s also really freaky when you see and smell poop, but you didn’t see it happen.. and you KNOW you may have looked away for three seconds.. And if he ate it, thankfully he was REALLY stealthy because I saw no evidence of such.

Also, we’re working on Nap Restructuring again. Tristan decided that he wasn’t taking a nap the day before yesterday. For a kid who normally takes a 3 hour nap, this is significantly odd. However, most of us are of the opinion that since he’s about 2 now, he can really use more sleep overnight and less sleep midday. Following his natural rhythm is not so easy anymore with his full schedule, so we have to artificially shape it a bit. We tried yesterday – I put him down an hour late for nap and we woke him up after 2.5 hours, meaning to put him down half an hour earlier, but we failed at the earlier part.